[EuroPython] by all means let's keep the slides downloadable...!

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 15:56:04 +0200

Please, no more discussions about this.

We can make the slides available on day1, but no earlier.
If you want to prepare handouts, that's fine.

Alex Martelli wrote:
> I hear there is debate about removing Nicolas Chavaut's presentations from 
> the site (for some reason I'm not getting most/all msgs, so pls Cc me 
> personally if responding, thanks!).  I hope they stay, and indeed I hope more
> presentations go up!  Including mine -- I have the .PPT files ready and if
> anybody knows how best to put them into formats acceptable for EuroPython
> (such as PDF as mentioned on the site -- I don't have any PPT-to-PDF products 
> installed on the Windows-XP laptop where I can run PowerPoint...) I'd be 
> overjoyed to send them -- just let me know.

Just send me the PPT file (be sure to mark "include fonts" when
saving). I can convert it to PDF then.

> The value of going to a conference is human contact.  If the presenter is any 
> good, the actual, real-life, face-to-face, interactive presentation will be 
> far more valuable than whatever's on a .PPT (or equivalente) slides 
> collection.  The value will also be quite different (not lesser or greater, 
> but different) than a paper with the same information -- a paper affords more 
> opportunity to reflect, re-read, and ponder, but a live presentation affords 
> far more opportunity for _interaction_.  That's why I'm so keen on having my 
> slides up well in advance, handouts in people's hands (in advance if that 
> could possibly be arranged!) and so on -- the more time I give to the people 
> who will be at my talk to study the materials I'll be presenting, the higher 
> quality the interaction we'll have during my actual presentation.  The one 
> thing I hate most when I present something is to see attenders busy writing 
> down the same stuff that's on my slides, which interferes with their 
> listening, and asking questions, i.e., with the real potential for "added 
> value" of a conference over a bunch of papers.
> Personally, all other things being equal, I'd far rather attend a conference 
> where I _know_ roughly what will be presented and discussed, rather than one 
> where no materials have been made available in advance.

Marc-Andre Lemburg
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